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Chief Justice of India Citing SC Order Eliminated 2 Options for CBI Director | India News


NEW DELHI: The two candidates, said to be favorites for the post of director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), were eliminated after Chief Justice of India NV Ramana cited a Supreme Court directive on the appointment of chiefs of police.
According to sources, CJI Ramana pointed to the high court guidelines in the Prakash Singh case from March 2019, which made it clear that no officer with less than six months to retire should be appointed chief of police.
The source said that CJI Ramana insisted on this point, and also received the support of the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, prompting the prime minister to follow his demand.
With the citation of the SC order by the CJI, it was made clear that the head of the NIA, YC Modi, who will be retiring at the end of May and Rakesh Asthana, who currently heads the BSF and who will retire in July of this anus. , they were out of the running for the CBI’s highest position.
Sources said YC Modi and Asthana were among the top contenders for the CBI Director position.
However, after their names were withdrawn, the Prime Minister-led Selection Committee, which includes the CJI and the opposition leader in Lok Sabha during a meeting on Monday night, discussed the names of three officials from IPS, which included CISF Chief Subodh Jaiswal, SSB DG KR Chandra and Special Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior (MHA) VSK Kaumudi.
A senior official who did not wish to be appointed noted that CJI Ramana has set a new bar in the selection of the CBI Director.
He said that Prakash Singh’s sentence concerned the appointment of DGP of the state police.
“However, the CBI appointments are more guided by the Vineet Narain ruling, the CVC Law and the Lokpal Law,” he said.
The heads of CBI have a fixed term of two years. However, this is the first time that the six-month tenure condition prior to appointment has been met.
In March 2019, a bank headed by then-CJI Ranjan Gogoi while listening to the petition filed by former UP DGP Prakash Singh had said: “Therefore, we clarified that recommendation for the appointment to the post of Director General of Police by the Union Public Service Commission and the preparation of the panel must be based exclusively on the merit of officials who have a minimum residual mandate of six months, that is, officials who have at least six months of service before retirement “.

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